Gringo Star are just starting to hit their stride. We first talked about them back in April of this year and recently they were Spin’s artist of the day. Not to toot our own horn, but occasionally we find ourselves ahead of the curve.
The Atlanta band is now across the pond in England where I’m sure their garage rock sound is welcomed with open arms, given their Ray Davies inspired sound. Before leaving the States, the brothers Furgiuele (Nick and Pete), Matt McCalvin, and Peter DeLorenzo were kind enough to spend some time in Shirk’s studio while touring through the windy city.
According to Shirk, mixing this session was a bit trickier than most since the guys trade off instruments and vocals. That and because Pete Furgiuele had a love affair going with Shirk’s Fender 66 Blackface Vibrolux and he now has trouble looking at it the same way. The session still turned out great (as always) and the tracks include “All Y’all” and “Rebel Kind,” off of their debut album released this year, and also “Magnet Lightning Bugs,” a new unreleased track Peter DeLorenzo wrote while touring with The Black Lips. They topped the session off with a Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs cover of “Lil Red Riding Hood.”